Loreto College Chapel a perfect venue for Ballarat Goldfields Festival recital

The Loreto College Chapel was the perfect venue for Miwako Abe’s solo violin Bach recital in the Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival.

The excellent acoustics carried the gorgeous tone created by a musician of supreme stature. The Sonata in C major and Ciaconna in D minor are expansive compositions and Miwako shaped the music exquisitely. 

The voicing of the fugue was clear and precise while the singing quality of the adagio and largo matched the quality of the surroundings.

Organist Pavel Kohout’s recital at St Patrick’s Cathedral displayed a thorough understanding of the instrument.

The Bach transcription of a Vivaldi concerto grosso covered a broad palette of musical ideas with ease, while Jehan Alain’s introspective Le Jardin Suspendu kept the focus on the upper register.

The chamber concert at the Barkly Street Uniting Church became almost a solo organ recital due to the organ’s very high tuning, created by the weather. 

Oboist Gianfranco Bortalato and violinist Claudia Lopez Gomez were able to at least succeed in the Telemann duo sonata but were unable to perform with Christian Tarrabia, on organ, necessitating a change of program.

The Art of Elegant Conversation concert at the Christian Fellowship Church lived up to its title.

Greg Dikmans, baroque flute, and Lucinda Moon, baroque violin, performed as a single unit, perfect in time and rhythm.

Their years of experience shone through.